National Weather Service forecasters have no doubt that there will be rain tonight on the Central Coast, but the showers shouldn’t last past the weekend.
There is a 70-percent chance of rain today in Santa Maria and a 100-percent chance tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
There is also a 70-percent chance of rain today in Pismo Beach, and a 60-percent chance of showers in Lompoc and Santa Ynez, but all have a 100-percent chance of rain tonight.
Stuart Seto, National Weather Service specialist, said up to an inch and a half of rain could fall on the Central Coast this weekend, and three inches in the mountains.
The expected rain will be in keeping with the trend of rain showers that have drenched the region for several days.
In the 24-hour period concluding at 4 p.m. Friday, Santa Maria received
.96 inches of rain, Lompoc was hit with .68 inches, Santa Ynez was showered with .16 inches and Pismo Beach barely had any rain with .01 inches.
Forecasters anticipate mostly sunny skies in the region starting Monday and lasting through the week. The rain is forecast to taper off Sunday. Temperatures should climb into the high 60s by the conclusion of the coming week.
Seto said high pressure building in will be the cause of warmer weather.
In the end of December, storms start coming and going quickly, Seto said.
“The closer you get to winter time, the faster these come in,” he added.
Santa Maria has received 3.38 inches of rain since July 1, Seto said, which puts its above the normal figure for this time of year: 2.66 inches.